Acupuncture is the gentle insertion of very fine needles into specific points on the body. This process stimulates movement of energy within the body, allowing natural healing to take place. These points are selected based on years of training acupuncturists receive based on over 3,000 years of experience in China.
Acupuncture helps to prevent illness by improving the overall functioning of the body’s immune and organ systems. Acupuncture is helpful for:
- Treating existing illnesses and injuries.
- Preventing both recurrence of illnesses and new illness.
- Improving overall health.
Acupuncture originated in China over 3,000 years ago. It is part of the holistic system of healing known as Traditional Chinese Medicine (“TCM”).
How does it work?
The Classical Chinese explanation is that energy (Qi) flows in channels (meridians) throughout the body and over its surfaces. These channels are rivers of energy which are referred to as meridians. The Chinese have identified 71 meridians in the human body, which is a basic energy map for all people. The meridians are often compared to a series of interconnected highways. Each of the major organs in the body is associated with its own meridian. Through the network of meridians the internal organs are connected to certain areas and parts of the body including the muscles, bones, joints, and also other organs.
The Chinese believe that health is a manifestation of balance, both within the body itself and between the body and the external environment. When the body is internally balanced and in harmony with the external environment, Qi flows smoothly through the meridians to nourish the organs and tissues. If an obstruction occurs in one of the meridians, the Qi is disrupted and cannot flow properly. When the Qi cannot flow smoothly or is forced to flow in the opposite direction, the body’s innate balance is disrupted and illness results.
Acupuncture points are the specific points on the meridians where the Qi is both concentrated and accessible. Acupuncture engages the Qi by inserting needles at these specific points, the goal being to restore the proper flow of Qi. As the body regains its natural balance, well-being returns.
To the human body, acupuncture needles are a physical stimulus. In Western science, a stimulus is defined as a detectable change in either the external environment or within the body itself. When the body detects change, it produces a response. Although acupuncture is not yet fully understood by Western science, with modern technology scientists can now actually begin to “see” the body’s response to acupuncture. For example, using an MRI (a very sophisticated x-ray), researchers have shown that when a needle is inserted at specific acupuncture points on the body, corresponding changes occur in the brain.
In the West, acupuncture is most well-known for its ability to relieve pain so the majority of research thus far has been done in this area. Acupuncture points are now believed to stimulate the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) to release pain-relieving chemicals into the muscles, spinal cord and brain. Acupuncture may also stimulate other chemicals to be released by the brain, including hormones that influence the self-regulating system of the body.
Oriental medicine has been around for thousands of years, and has provided us with a unique and holistic approach to help prevent and treat disease. Western science and Traditional Chinese Medicine ultimately rely on the body’s natural healing ability to maintain health and protect against disease. Both have the same goal of helping a person stay healthy. Western science tends to use drugs and surgery as needed. Acupuncturists tend to use gentle needling and herbs. A combination of both systems creates an ideal environment of health and healing.
Chiropractic care is a form of manual care that focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of the musculoskeletal system, which in turn affects the nervous system. The nervous system controls all systems in the body, including the heart, digestive tract, and immune system. Misalignments in the spine and other joints can alter nerve function, which can affect many other functions in the body. Chiropractic care helps to align the spine, restore optimal function in the nervous system, and support the body’s natural ability to heal.
For those looking for something beyond a traditional chiropractic adjustment, we offer other forms of treatments to address health and wellbeing. Treatment can include gentle chiropractic techniques, soft tissue techniques, fascial release and other therapeutic modalities, rehabilitation and physical training, and nutrition analysis and planning.
Our board-certified chiropractors incorporate a number of different techniques to offer the best care for each individual. These adjustments can be very light and gentle or more forceful, depending on the individual patient’s needs and preferences. Our techniques include:
- Logan Basic
- Mulligan mobilization
- McKenzie End-Range Loading
- Applied Kinesiology (AK)
- Network Spinal Analysis (NSA)
- Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET)
- Sacro-Occipital Technique (SOT)
- Natural Healing Systems (NHS)
- Total Body Modification (TBM)
- Energetic Systems Maintenance (ESM)
Cryosauna – Whole Body Cryotherapy (WBC)
Whole-Body Cryotherapy is one of the most advanced therapies of its kind, circulating nitrogen-cooled air in a chamber to stimulate the body’s natural response to cold. This brief exposure elevates endorphin levels and reduces inflammation, swelling and pain: A full-body treatment, the cryosauna is an excellent alternative to ice baths or cold packs, and takes only minutes.
WBC has shown benefits for musculoskeletal, endocrine, immune and integumentary systems of the body. This therapy is great for improving athletic performance and decreasing recovery time, healing injuries, decreasing inflammation, reducing chronic and widespread pain, improving immunity, and increasing metabolism.
WBC increases metabolic rates after treatment, burning up to 800 calories. It can also benefit skin conditions like psoriasis and dermatitis. Clients often report feeling invigorated after a session from a boost in endorphins, and also report less pain, improved sleep, less stress, faster recovery time and increased performance.
Cupping is a type of alternative medicine used to help ease pain, enhance circulation, remove toxins, relieve sore and tight muscles, and decrease inflammation. The technique applies suction cups to the skin along meridians and fascial restrictions, which stimulates energy flow and optimizes tissue function.
While cupping may temporarily produce a red or purple circular area, the tissue is not bruised or injured. Instead, the lifting of the skin has increased local circulation, allowing stagnant blood, fluid and toxins to come to the surface so the body can dissolve it more easily. Cupping is often used to complement chiropractic care and soft tissue work, but is also offered as a treatment on its own.
Far Infrared Sauna
Far infrared (FIR) is a region in the infrared spectrum of electromagnetic radiation. Invisible to the human eye, far infrared light is felt as heat. Unlike the heat produced in traditional saunas, far infrared heat penetrates the body to a depth of 1.5 to two inches. This stimulates cellular detoxification more effectively, helping to reduce the body’s toxic load.
The far infrared sauna detoxifies the body. At the same time, it enhances the immune system; improves cardiovascular conditioning; relieves stress, pain and fatigue; helps with weight and cellulite control and mood disorders; and improves mental clarity.
The therapy is especially important for those affected by heavy metal (e.g., mercury or lead) poisoning. Chemical or heavy metal toxicity symptoms can include:
- Candida (yeast overgrowth)
- Chemical sensitivities
- Cold hands and feet
- Dark circles under the eyes
- Difficulty concentrating
- Digestive problems
- Inability to lose or gain weight
- Low body temperature
- Muscle and joint pain
- Nervousness or feelings of instability
- Night sweats
- Persistent sadness/ loss of interest in life
- Systemic pain or generalized discomfort
Our High-Tech Health Far Infrared Sauna is made of untreated, chemical-free, hypoallergenic poplar wood to maximize benefits without the odors or off-gassing interference from the wood used in other commercial saunas.
HOLISTIC NURSE PRACTITIONER
Holistic Nurse Practitioner
Initial Evaluation – Includes detailed history, lab review, supplement review, physical exam, body read and global assessment. She uses specific testing that indicate the bodies priorities to heal, and from which she can provide healing plan. With the priorities indicated she will use supplements if needed, dietary changes if indicated, cleansing and other healing methods to put your body back on the path of overall health and wellness.
Follow-Ups – Evaluation of your progress, new body read, global assessment and healing plan, Jin Shin Jyutsu treatment for relaxation and balancing.
Body Read – Applied Kinesiology based on a comprehensive evaluation of body priorities that work towards the goal to balance and heal. The main areas evaluated at each appointment include: stress effects on the body and deficiencies of vitamin/minerals, gut & digestion and deficiencies of stomach acid and digestive enzymes, infections in the body (Epstein-Barr, HSV, viruses, parasites, bacteria and fungus/candida/yeast) thyroid function, hormone balance, toxicity and the bodies ability to cleanse, liver congestion, as well as mental/emotional issues affecting health. A deficiency or excess in any area of the body can create an unnecessary stress on your overall wellness. The body read is designed to target these stressors, create a solution, and bring you back to your bodies ideal normal.
Scanning for infections – Nurse Practitioner Joni uses the Master John Douglas Elite Method of energy healing. Scanning truth in matter and using frequency to support disease remediation.
Jin shin Jyutsu – This is a hands on (clothes on) energetic balancing and healing technique. Using the power of touch as a modality to relieve stress and mental/emotional issues such as anxiety, irritability, overwhelm, fatigue, digestive issues, headaches and pain.
For the body to be healthy, energy needs to flow freely. Our hurried, stressful lifestyles can cause many imbalances. Jin Shin Jyutsu helps release stress, cleanse stagnation, boost immunity, improve circulation and detoxify for overall body wellness.
Other Symptoms Addressed:
- Recurrent Plantar Fasciitis – Often has underlying imbalances such as low adrenal, thyroid and mineral deficiencies
- Ear Aches
- Bed Wetting
- Autoimmune Disorders
- Post Surgery – Jin Shin Jyutsu with Joni
- Concussions – Jin Shin Jyutsu with Joni
- Cerebral Palsy
- Digestive Issues
- Lyme Disease
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT)
Mild Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy is a specialized, well-researched and proven therapy that uses a pressurized chamber to treat a number of conditions. The therapy helps incorporate more oxygen into blood cells, blood plasma, cerebrospinal fluid, and other body fluids.
Our HBOT chambers pressurize to 1.3 ATA, 4 PSI. Inside the chamber, injury sites receive a healing dose of oxygen through the surrounding body fluids and plasma, even if blood supply to the tissue has been compromised. When there is no injury, the increase in oxygen nourishes healthy tissue.
The therapy helps heal chronic conditions and acute injuries, and helps maintain wellbeing. In particular, it has proven effective in treating concussions, stroke, autism, fertility issues, infections and sleep deprivation, and enhancing recovery after surgery.
HBOT with Low-Level Light Therapy
Combining Low-Level Light Therapy (LLLT) with HBOT–applying the lights on focal areas of the body while the patient is in the hyperbaric chamber–increases localized circulation, reduces inflammation and pain, helps tissues regenerate, boosts energy and stimulates the release of nitric oxide.
Injury Prevention and Sports Training – Complete Koncepts Clinics
Complete Koncepts, co-founded by Dr. Karen Bloch and Dr. Erika Figge, has established itself in the USA Water polo and Southern California sports community. The group’s chiropractors and trainers offer clinics, including sport-specific training and functional evaluations for athletes, whether they are amateurs or Olympic caliber, with the goal of fewer injuries, longer sports careers and improved overall performance.
Complete Koncepts reaches out to athletes of all ages and patients of all kinds to contribute to health, wellness, injury prevention and sports performance. Starting young and educating athletes in training is key, but people of all ages and walks of life can benefit from this care.
Complete Koncepts training is key for young people and athletes, but it also helps people of all ages and walks of life.
Kinetisense is the world’s first patented marker-less motion capture system. The system uses state-of-the-art software and Wii technology to capture pictures and video that lets us objectively assess posture and biomechanics in real-time. With this information, we can track the progress of rehabilitation or identify imbalances that may be impacting sports performance.
Muscle imbalances can lead to poor posture and improper biomechanics, which may set you up for injury and chronic pain. Based on your initial Kinetisense evaluation, which takes just a few minutes, we will recommend specific exercises and provide personalized instruction to help you be at your best.
The Class IV Continuous Wave Diode Laser is a fast, safe and painless way to address a local area of injury. This innovative treatment promotes cellular activity and growth and stimulates nerve function, which speeds healing, reduces inflammation and scarring, and reduces pain.
Low-Level Light Therapy
Low-level light therapy is a powerful healing technology that combines therapeutic red, blue and infrared light wavelengths with specific frequencies for different types of conditions. The lights’ thermal-like properties stimulate collagen production, acetylcholine and APT release, and lymphatic system and fibroblastic activity, which aids in tissue repair, reduces nervous system excitability; and increase phagocytosis, which speeds up healing after an injury.
LS Sport system
LSSport light therapy is a proven, non-surgical answer for quick relief from localized pain and injury. The first device of its kind, the LSSport system uses targeted, painless red and infrared light to stimulate healing and decreases inflammation, providing relief with little-to-no down time from your favorite sports and activities.
The system is especially effective at treating:
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
- Wrist, arm, neck and knee damage
- Tennis elbow
- Localized pain
Massage is a general term for pressing, rubbing and manipulating your skin, muscles, tendons and ligaments. Massage may range from light stroking to deep pressure. There are many different types of massage, including these common types:
- Swedish massage. This is a gentle form of massage that uses long strokes, kneading, deep circular movements, vibration and tapping to help relax and energize you.
- Deep massage. This massage technique uses slower, more-forceful strokes to target the deeper layers of muscle and connective tissue, commonly to help with muscle damage from injuries.
- Sports massage. This is similar to Swedish massage, but it’s geared toward people involved in sport activities to help prevent or treat injuries.
- Trigger point massage. This massage focuses on areas of tight muscle fibers that can form in your muscles after injuries or overuse.
Studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension.
- Digestive disorders
- Insomnia related to stress
- Myofascial pain syndrome
- Soft tissue strains or injuries
- Sports injuries
- Temporomandibular joint pain
Muscle Activation Technique (MAT)
Muscle Activation Techniques was founded on the principle that human movement and exercise are fundamental to human health and that a muscle’s ability to contract efficiently is important for normal movement. Any loss of muscle contraction efficiency may be demonstrated as a loss of motion and decreased physical performance, which many lead to pain and/or loss of physical capabilities.
A multitude of factors such as stress, trauma or overuse can contribute to muscle weakness. When you exercise, there is a period of exertion and then recovery. It is normal to feel fatigue. When there is stress, trauma and overuse, the muscle may not recover until properly rested. If this is habitual (i.e. sitting at a computer for hours per day, over the course of many years), then the result can be muscle weakness.
MAT is a powerful tool that helps athletes recover from competitive stress quickly and helps them to prevent future injuries. MAT prepares the body to be more efficient in training and athletic performance. In order to reach optimal performance capabilities, an athlete is forced to train at high intensity levels. Because of this, there is always the risk for injury. Some athletes may be predisposed to injury, due to muscular contraction inefficiencies that place increased stress on joints and tissues. When training at a high level, the inefficiencies are magnified, and sometimes the body can no longer handle the stress, eventually breaking down. It’s like driving a car with bad alignment. The faster you drive it, the faster the tires are going to wear out. The body functions in much the same way. By balancing the muscular system, MAT provides an improved environment for restoring physical performance. This allows the athlete to return to sport sooner with improved athletic capabilities.
The goal of MAT is to address the weaknesses before an injury occurs.
Neurolumen is an innovative, industry-changing medical device that works to reduce pain and increase circulation. This sophisticated system uses low-level laser, light-emitting diode (LED), and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators (TENS) to deliver healing energy to affected tissues.
The approach combines the restorative properties of light therapy with the therapeutic benefits of electrical stimulation. The resulting synergy provides effective pain treatment while enhancing circulation and improving tissues’ ability to transport toxins and metabolic waste away from affected areas. This fast-acting, non-invasive therapy is FDA approved and Intek-certified as meeting or exceeding stringent design, quality and safety standards.
NormaTec uses a type of dynamic pneumatic compression for a variety of conditions. This device offers cutting edge and effective ways to flush your body of toxins. As the sleeves inflate, the lymphatic system is stimulated and a flushing response occurs in the area. This can help eliminate lactic acid build up for improved recovery, as well as pump out excess lymphatic fluid and stagnant blood, and allow for improved circulation and nutrient exchange. The NormaTec has had outstanding results with non-healing wounds, lymphedema, athletic recovery, sports injuries, venous insufficiency, and other circulatory and peripheral vascular conditions.
We believe in treating the whole patient, which is why we incorporate nutritional evaluation, nutrition plans, supplements, and food allergy testing into our treatment plans. We know that what you put in your body is an important part of your overall health.
Certain foods can contribute to conditions like chronic inflammation, irritable bowel syndrome or autoimmune conditions. Whether you are looking to address a certain condition, lose weight or just need support reaching your optimal health, we can help.
Nutrition consultation and planning: We will evaluate your current diet and any health concerns you are experiencing, noting that some conditions, like degenerative disc disease, have a nutritional component. We offer information, tools, and follow-up on how to transition to a whole-foods, plant-based diet that can prevent, and potentially reverse, disease. We follow up to evaluate progress and troubleshoot any issues that may arise.
Food allergy testing: Food sensitivities can be difficult to detect because symptoms may not appear until 24 to 48 hours after eating a particular food. We offer comprehensive food sensitivity testing to help you identify foods that you may have trouble digesting, causing an inflammatory response in your body. Food sensitivities can be a contributing factor in many diseases, including autoimmune conditions, asthma, and autism spectrum disorders.
Supplements: We carry only the highest-grade supplements to ensure our patients receive the best quality nutritional support. Many of the products we carry are only offered through a qualified practitioner. Unlike many products offered online and in health food stores, we only carry products that are certified to contain pure ingredients.
Pediatric Chiropractic Care**
Chiropractic care is safe for infants and children. We believe that a constructive, healthy approach to wellness from an early age can help prevent disease and injury later in life.
Gentle, safe, and specific adjustments can help newborns recover from the stress to their spine that occurs during labor and delivery.
Chiropractic care promotes a healthy-functioning nervous system, which can help children with chronic and hard-to-treat conditions. Pediatric care has been proven to enhance treatment for common childhood conditions, including:
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Ear infections
- Latching/ breastfeeding difficulties
Children’s health can be impacted by allergies, heavy metal and environmental toxicity, and improper diet. We can help address the effects of autism and other conditions with biomedical treatments, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT), infrared sauna therapy, urine analysis, food allergy testing, and brain balance exercises to re-educate children’s neuromuscular system.
**We recommend using an International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) certified Doctor of Chiropractic, and co-managing care with your pediatrician.
Deep Muscle Stimulator (DMS) percussion therapy is different than other soft tissue techniques. The DMS device uses deep, rapid, short-duration vibration to stimulate soft tissue. The device has been proven effective at improving circulation, reducing pain, improving tissue regeneration, releasing trigger points, decreasing lactic acid build-up, breaking up soft tissue adhesions, and increasing lymphatic flow. It also helps loosen tight muscles and stimulate weak ones, addressing imbalances in the body and improving posture and movement.
Percussion is our most popular therapeutic modality, whether you are uncomfortable with manual therapy and looking for alternative approach, or want to enhance the manual therapy you’ve received, or simply want to come in and enjoy the pleasure and well-being that percussion provides.
Pre-conception, Prenatal, and Postnatal Chiropractic
Chiropractic care can reduce the aches and pains of pregnancy by improving pelvic alignment and function. Our Webster Technique-certified doctors* use specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment to reduce the effects of misalignment and dysfunction in the pelvic region.
The Webster technique was developed as a safe way to restore proper pelvic balance and function in the mother’s body, to improve her comfort throughout pregnancy and prepare for a safer, easier birth. Having optimal pelvic alignment and a properly functioning nervous system is also ideal for those trying to conceive.
We use special tables and pillows so that moms can lay on their stomach during treatment, and feel supported during and after pregnancy.
We find that pregnant women and new moms also benefit from soft tissue treatment to relieve aches and pains, and swollen feet and ankles. We may use RockTape kinesiology tape to provide a sling support to mama’s growing belly and take the strain off of her lower back.
We offer prenatal yoga to help prepare body and mind for the challenges of pregnancy and childbirth. We choose specific, gentle yoga postures to help open and strengthen pelvic and leg muscles, lower stress hormone levels and increase the body-mind connection.
We also offer nutritional and supplement support, testing and lifestyle modifications for preconception, pregnancy and postnatal needs.
If you are planning to conceive, we can help you prepare your body. Treatment can include
- General chiropractic care for a healthy pelvis and properly functioning nervous system,
- Infrared sauna to help you detoxify,
- Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to increase oxygenation and circulation, and
- Personal training and nutrition for overall health.
After baby arrives, we recommend Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) to speed your recovery.
*We recommend Webster-certified, International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) certified chiropractic doctors, like our practitioners at Bloch Wellness and Sports Medicine, to co-manage your care with your midwife and/or obstetrician.
Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)
Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) re-energizes damaged cells by inducing electrical changes to the cell. Each magnetic pulse induces an electrical signal that stimulates cellular metabolism and repair, regenerating blood cells, improving circulation and increasing oxygen capacity. The therapy increases cellular oxygen absorption by up to 200%, which reduces pain from damaged and diseased tissue, torn tendons and fractured bones and accelerates recovery.
Bloch Wellness and Sports Medicine has a well-equipped gym to provide acute prehab (pre-operative strengthening), post-injury rehabilitation, and treat chronic conditions. There are many ways to approach rehabilitation, and the type of therapy we use will depend on your individual needs.
Our specialties include:
- Balance and proprioception
- Hip and shoulder mobility
- Multiplanar training
- Posterior chain and core activation exercises
- Sports training and injury prevention
We may use RockTape kinesiology tape and Intelliskin apparel to improve functional stability and activate underutilized muscles of the back. We often provide preventive care in our treatment plans as well, using specific exercises and stretches to improve posture and reduce muscle imbalances before they lead to injury.
Rotex was developed by a doctor who felt there had to be a better way of solving lower back and hip pain. This unique machine puts the body into specific, locked positions, making it possible to balance muscular and fascia systems quickly. The technique is used for injury prevention, exercise recovery, rehabilitation and performance enhancement, and can help address pelvic floor dysfunction and urinary incontinence.
The Rotex machine crosses over into all aspects of healthcare and athletics. Today, it is an integral part of many college, professional, and Olympic athlete programs and widely used by people who want to maintain overall health and well-being.
Soft Tissue Therapy
Muscle, bone, fascia, skin, and other connective tissue are all interdependent, so improving soft tissue function is an important part of our chiropractic care. Soft tissue therapy reduces internal scar tissue, improves blood flow, and reduces tension in muscle, tendons, ligaments, and fascia, allowing for improved functional movement.
We use multiple techniques, including Myofascial Release, Graston (instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization), Trigger Point Therapy, and Active Release Technique™ to treat areas that are restricted, underfiring, or compensating for injury or misalignment elsewhere in the body. We often use soft techniques together with chiropractic adjustment, according to the needs of the patient.
Spinal Decompression Therapy
Decompression therapy is a non-surgical, non-invasive, medication-free method for treating neck and low back pain. The therapy uses traction to gently stretch the spine to treat bulging, degenerated or herniated discs, reducing pressure on spinal discs and their associated nerves, and promoting fluid and nutrient exchange.
The treatment is safe and painless, and a great option when you are looking for a conservative approach to spinal pain.
We use a variety of kinesio tapes and applications for a range of purposes. We use structural taping to stabilize injuries or to prevent further injury, and functional taping to support and encourage proper movement.
Taping can help treat sports injuries, swelling, aches and pains, dysfunctional movement patterns, postural faults, proprioceptive dysfunction and under- or overused muscles.
We customize taping for your specific needs, whether it’s keeping you in the game, supporting the healing process, or improving your function and performance.